Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes’ impressive performances have affected Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford, transfer expert Duncan Castles claims. The attacking midfielder joined United from Sporting Lisbon in January. The Portugal star has impressed, chipping in with one goal and two assists in four appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fernandes could end up playing alongside Pogba when the France international returns from injury.
However, Castles says Fernandes was signed as a replacement for Pogba, claiming United are ready to cash in on the former Juventus star.
Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast: “United’s decision will be formed on Pogba’s recovery, his ankle problems he’s having. It will also be based on the form of Bruno Fernandes, who won the game for United at the weekend.
“He deputised in that creative role that Solskjaer planned for Pogba. He was the difference [against Watford]. He won the penalty and converted it, which is something Pogba has struggled to do at United in recent times.
“Solskjaer has said Fernandes can play as a No 10 and a box-to-box midfielder. Who else fits that description at United? It’s Pogba. So there you have the replacement already purchased.
“Unless the plan is to have both of them in the squad, it seems the direction of travel is clear from United’s point of view.
“Fernandes is a replacement, now we have to get as much money as possible for the troublemaker and the player who has been injured for the majority of the season.
“It will also get the problem of Mino Raiola off their backs. It’s difficult to see any other solution to this.
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“United have had the opportunity in the last two summers to asses Pogba’s problems and haven’t done so.
“What they’ve received in return is a little golden period when Mourinho was sacked with Pogba playing his best football in a United shirt.”
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed he’s already held talks about bringing the midfielder back to Juventus this summer.
The United star has also said he’s ready for a new challenge elsewhere.
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Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG have been tipped to move for the France star at the end of the season.
However, it’s claimed the Red Devils will demand up to £130m for the midfielder.
United are back in action on Thursday evening against Club Brugge in the Europa League. The Red Devils are hoping to progress to the last 16 after a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their round of 32 clash.
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